International Scholarship Program

The Yanai Tadashi Foundation supports aspiring and passionate students to acquire advanced knowledge on a global level. At the same time, it fosters community connecting the scholars to each other intellectually, encouraging them to utilize and enhance their talents.

We hope that Yanai Tadashi Foundation scholars will lead various fields of society with a sense of mission in the future and take action with us to realize a better society and pass it on to the next generation.

International Scholarship Program - Updated Guidelines

Starting with applications for September 2021 entrants, the Yanai Tadashi Foundation has launched a program under which junior and senior high schools, as defined under Article 1 of the School Education Act, can nominate students as candidates for overseas university scholarships offered prior to matriculation. The Foundation will continue its scholarship program for university-accepted students, with two application rounds annually. It began accepting applications for the pre-matriculation scholarship offer program from July 2020.

Notice of scholarship increase

Effective September 2020, the Foundation has lifted annual scholarship ceilings. For students at U.S. universities the new maximum is US$95,000 per recipient per year, up from US$70,000. For those attending U.K. universities, the annual maximum is now £65,000, from £50,000 before. See the application guidelines for details.

Scholarship Overview

Benefits
【United States】
The maximum of US$95,000 per student per year covers university charges for tuition, room and board, and insurance (up to US$80,000 annually), and a separate payment (up to US$15,000 annually) for learning, research, and living expense subsidies.
【United Kingdom】
The maximum of £65,000 per student per year covers university charges for tuition, room and board, and insurance (up to £54,000 annually), and a separate payment (up to £11,000 annually) for learning, research, and living expense subsidies.

The Foundation also runs pre-departure camps and social events and provides mentors to support overseas study.
Duration
【United States】
Four years of bachelor’s degree study
【United Kingdom】
Three years of bachelor’s degree study
Eligible college/ university
The top 30 (or so) colleges/universities in the US and comparable UK universities.
(See the current list of eligible universities for details)
Open application period
Scholarships offered prior to matriculation: Early July through end-August
Scholarships for university-accepted students: End-December through early February
Recipient numbers
Scholarships offered prior to matriculation: Total of around 20 for U.S. and U.K. universities
Scholarships for university-accepted students: Total of around 20 for U.S. and U.K. universities
Eligibility requirements
  1. Applicants must be able to use international insights to lead the way in their selected fields and help develop Japanese society.
  2. Applicants must be Japanese citizens throughout the enrollment period and preferably Japanese residents at the time of application.
  3. Applicants preferably will not receive any other Japan-based scholarship grants. However, scholarships with repayment obligations in Japan and abroad, non-Japanese scholarships, and non-tuition/living expense grants such as research grants, entrepreneurship funds, temporary grants from the government, etc., can be combined with the Yanai Tadashi Scholarship.
  4. Applicants must agree to receive this scholarship for 4 years (3 years in the UK).
  5. Applicants will preferably cooperate in public relations activities, community building, etc.

※Please see the latest guidelines for applications for details of above requirements and other criteria.

How to apply

Application guidelines
【米国】公募制海外大学奨学金(合格型)応募要項(2021年9月入学者向け)
【英国】公募制海外大学奨学金(合格型)応募要項(2021年秋入学者向け)
別紙 第5期対象大学一覧(公募制海外大学奨学金)
※応募要項に応募方法の詳細も記載されております。
【図解】公募制海外大学奨学金(合格型)の応募方法
所得確認方法(課税証明書サンプル)
Frequently asked questions about scholarship programs
奨学金プログラムFAQ(2020年12月更新)

※Please note that we may not be able to respond to specific questions on matters already covered in frequently asked questions, which you should check before deciding to inquire with us. Also please note that we will not be able to respond to any questions if you do not identify yourself to us.

Application receipt
To apply, click on the International Scholarship Application (Login/New Registration) link in the top right corner of the screen.

Partner for this program

HLAB,Inc.

Past scholarship winners

Enrolled in September 2017

Number of winners
26 applicants (7 male and 19 female applicants)
(19 applied from high schools in Japan, 7 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
Barnard College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hamilton College, Harvard University Harvey Mudd College, Middlebury College, Minerva Schools, New York University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Yale University

Enrolled in September 2018

Number of winners
18 applicants (8 male and 10 female applicants)
(13 applied from high schools in Japan, 5 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
Brown University, Carleton College, Columbia University, Grinnell College,
Hamilton College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, Princeton University, Smith College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College,
Tufts University, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego,
Wesleyan University, Yale University

Enrolled in September 2019

Number of winners
18 applicants (8 male and 10 female applicants)
(11 applied from high schools in Japan, 7 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
Brown University, California Polytechnic State University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Pomona College, Smith College, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington

Enrolled in September 2020

Number of winners
18 applicants (9 male and 9 female applicants)
(8 applied from high schools in Japan, 10 from high schools outside of it)
Enrolled at
【United States】
Brown University, Carleton College, Claremont McKenna College, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College, Williams College, Yale University
【United Kingdom】
Imperial College London, University of Cambridge

Information on overseas scholarship-related events

We will inform you about overseas scholarship briefings and other upcoming events.

Yanai Tadashi Foundation scholar briefings

Tadashi Yanai Foundation scholars organize briefings to convey the vision of the Tadashi Yanai Foundation’s International Scholarship Program. During these briefings, they discuss scholarships and advise about university entrance exams and student life. Attendees can confer with scholars about their overseas study ambitions.

Ryugaku Caravan

Yanai Tadashi Foundation supports the activities of the Ryugaku Caravan a non-profit organization and its Global na Manabi no Community Ryugaku Fellowship. The Ryugaku Caravan tours schools and local governments across Japan, with a focus on regions with less information about and access to study abroad in order to promote awareness on and encourage study abroad by Japanese students. Information on the Ryugaku Caravan tour will also be posted here when available.